The Hilton's bright, light second level hotel bar.

When it comes to hotel bars, the vast majority of them fall into two categories — they're either martinis-on-black-marble swanky or they boast a great view and not much else. Somehow, Hilton Sydney's Glass Brasserie manages to be neither of these. Don't get us wrong, it's quite grand — the huge glass windows stretch right up to the high ceiling an impressive walled wine collection is just as tall — and you can certainly order a martini, but the place isn't unapproachable, stuffy or exclusive.

Even if you're not a hotel guest, a post-work or pre-dinner glass of wine up at the bar is a great option. If you're looking for a peaceful place to perch amidst the Vivid madness, you'll not only be able to get a Midori margarita (yes, really — it has a chilli salt rim), but you'll have a great view of the lights on the QVB too. And if you want to sit down for dinner, Luke Mangan looks after the kitchen — so you're in good hands.

Published on June 04, 2016 by Lauren Vadnjal

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